NEW HAVEN — One of the largest Wahama 5K Walk/Run for Education events in its history took place Saturday in the Town of New Haven, with more than 170 people participating.
While proceeds from the run benefit the Wahama High School scholarship fund for graduating seniors, it was a WHS junior classman that came out on top of the event. School track team member Mason Hildreth was the overall run winner, with a time of 20.40.
Individual age division winners included:
Ages 0-13 years – Abbie Lieving, first; Ian Orale, second; Josiah Lloyd, third.
Ages 14-21 years – Mason Hildreth, first; Jimmy McCormick, second; Jared Nutter, third.
Ages 22-31 years – Kyle Curry, first; Hannah Curry, second; Beth Ferguson, third.
Ages 32-41 years – Joel Lloyd, first; Michael Brewer, second; Brandy Hudnall, third.
Ages 42-51 years – Neil Cadle, first; Danny Chapman, second; Jerry Spradling, third.
Ages 52-61 years – Scott Brewer, first; Richard Walker, second; Medina Tucker, third.
Ages 62 years and over – Paul Chadwell, first; Gale Shrimplin, second; John Ohlinger, third.
A total of 14 senior Wahama students participated, including Ricky Kearns, Jaelyn Plants, Kristin Devault, Rachel Roque, Olivia Hill, Alexis Board, Ryan Thomas, Mason Hicks, Jared Nutter, Nathan Redman, Nolan Pierce, Molly Fisher, Randi Shirley and Austin Juelfs.
Two seniors will receive scholarships as a direct result of the run, in addition to the other seniors that will benefit. The first senior to cross the finish line, as well as the senior with the most sponsorships, will receive scholarships that will be announced in May.
The event is coordinated annually by Dr. Wes and Amanda Lieving, Mike and Holly Lieving, and the school scholarship committee. Prior to the race, Rachel Roque sang the National Anthem. Following the event, a free pancake breakfast was served, prepared by Karen Hindel, Carol Staats and Sonya Roush. Also providing assistance for the run were the New Haven Fire Department, New Haven Police Department, and Town of New Haven.
Helping make the event happen were New Haven Road Angels, Francis and Cliff Coleman, Game Day, Pleasant Valley Hospital, Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, AB Contracting, American Legion Post 140, Angell Tax & Accounting, Bend Area Chiropractic, Carson Farms, Clark’s Jewelry Store, Dr. Kayanna M. Sayre, DDS, Dr. Wes and Amanda Lieving, E&R Excavating, Farmers Bank,
Foglesong Funeral Home, Foxy Locks, Health Aid Pharmacy, James Alarm Service, Judge David Nibert and Harriett Nibert, Ken Bass Insurance, John Greer, Marathon Food Mart, Mark Groves, Lois Bosley, Zack Bosley, Mary Roush Memorial, Mike and Holly Lieving, Raven Aviation, Sassafras Tire, Soul Harvest Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thompson Hardware, Town of Mason and Town of New Haven.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.